Pickering Interfaces will showcase its extensive range of RF and microwave switching, launching several new products, including the first modules in a new MEMS-based RF PXI/PXIe multiplexer family, on booth 1415 at International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2023, at San Diego Convention Center in California from June 13-15, 2023.

Part of IEEE Microwave Week, the IMS is the premier annual international meeting for engineers involved in all aspects of RF and microwave engineering theory and practice. It consists of a full week of events, including technical paper presentations, workshops and tutorials – as well as the largest RF and microwave commercial exhibition in the world, with over 500 companies showcasing the latest in state-of-the-art materials, devices, components and subsystems, alongside design, simulation and test and measurement tools.

Ideal for wireless communications and semiconductor test, the new RF multiplexer family is powered by Ideal Switch® from partner, Menlo Microsystems, which are among the first MEMS components on the market with the performance characteristics to support demanding RF testing requirements. Steve Edwards, Switching Product Manager at Pickering, comments: “The new MEMS-based RF multiplexers deliver vastly increased operational life (up to 300x), faster operating speed (up to 60x), and higher bandwidth (with no reduction in RF power handling) versus traditional EMR (electromechanical relay) alternatives. Insertion loss also remains comparable with EMR switches and much lower than solid-state.”

In addition to the new RF multiplexer family in PXI/PXIe, Pickering will also highlight the following RF and microwave switching innovations on booth 1415 at IMS2023:

  • New 110 GHz PXI/PXIe microwave switch – supporting 5G and semiconductor test
  • New Microwave Design Tool – a free online tool for configuring flexible LXI microwave switch products
  • Flexible LXI microwave switch platform and turnkey services for LXI microwave switch and signal routing subsystems – including a custom 12x12 LXI microwave switching matrix demo
  • Also on show will be a selection from Pickering’s broad portfolio of other switches, along with its PXI, PXIe and LXI/USB modular chassis, simulation products and cables and connectors.